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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Performance"

    June 14, 2012  |   By phyniks

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    -Simple
    -Effective
    -No advertisements

    Cons

    -Huge,slow first update
    -The icon in the taskbar has nothing but "open"
    (it could at least have more options such as "update" and "disabling "
    -No manual quarantine
    -Slow scan
    -Slow removing

    Summary

    I said all I should say but
    the version is the 4th but the review is abot the second one,what s going on with CNet?!!!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Simple and effective, but lacking in features"

    June 12, 2012  |   By SouthernAnCap

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    MSE is a good free antivirus. I especially like that it doesn't require periodical renewal. It also has such a simple interface that anyone can use it.

    Cons

    There are a few flaws, however, that made me decide on a different product.

    MSE does not allow the user to schedule definition updates. It updates automatically once a day, and again before each scheduled scan, if that option is selected. That means it is only downloading one (or maybe two, if the scan and the update are far enough apart) definition update per day, which may not be enough for zero-day viruses. Also, the notification icon does not alert you of outdated definitions until they are a week old, which could be really bad. If the computer is turned on after having been off for days, MSE takes its sweet time before checking for updates, when it should check as soon as windows has loaded.

    Lastly, MSE does not allow the user to schedule more than one type of scan. I would like to be able to run a full scan once a week, and a quick scan the other six days, but MSE does not offer that option.

    Summary

    Simplicity is a good thing, but a good antivirus should have more customizable settings than this. For these reasons, I switched to something different.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Faster than McAfee"

    June 10, 2012  |   By 17Tons

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    Seems to run better than McAfee on my netbook in 7 Starter crap.

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    I was pleasantly surprised to find my netbook running faster after removing McAfee and replacing it with MS now. This Dell Inspiron has always had lackluster performance, but seems to be marginally better now. Next up will be to replace Win 7 starter with something like XP.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "awesome Trojan & virus killer"

    June 2, 2012  |   By wardruid

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    this MS essential program killed off Trojans and viruses that even Avg,McAfee,F-secure,Malwarebytes, and many others i tried could not kill off or clean out. and this program did it. all i can say is this program is worth its weight in GOLD. it killed off generic28.andc and zero-access.BX and backdoor.generic15.axla, and Trojan.win32.generic!BT, also Trojan.generic, and last Virus:dos/taipan_666.B when nothing else could clean them off it did it.

    Cons

    non that i can see as of yet.

    Summary

    simply awesome program and great for when you have an issue. would recommend it to any one for any thing.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product."

    May 23, 2012  |   By JEFFREY L WALKER

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    Very easy to use and non intrusive.

    Cons

    Can not think of any.

    Summary

    Have not had any problems or issues.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent piece of security"

    May 16, 2012  |   By tonysalloum1996

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    have benn using it for 3 years on both my 4gb ram laptop and my 8gb ram pc with no problems what so ever

    Cons

    nothing till now

    Summary

    outstanding and reccomended

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love it,Love it"

    May 14, 2012  |   By maninblack484

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    Works well and is sooo easy to use.

    Cons

    Can't think of any because I haven't found any?

    Summary

    What can I say other than I have used Microsoft Security Essentials since it's conception and I am proud to say I have never had a problem with it.Love the easy to use program and hate paying big bucks to put in someone's pocket?
    Keep up the godd work Mr Microsoft, luv ya.
    Maninblack.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "REAL GOOD PROTECTION FOR THE PRICE..."

    May 13, 2012  |   By poober

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    Its done everything it,s supposed to so far. I have it on three computers and it works great.No problems so far.....

    Cons

    none..Ive been using it almost since it came out ..works good so far for me

    Summary

    For free its pretty good,haven,t had any problems and it doesn,t slow down my computer.I know that there are others out there that may be better but for free,its worked great for me.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very good for home users small business"

    May 13, 2012  |   By safe_gate2003

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    Very good product, light and had no issue with it. I removed Avast who created number of slow performance on my family PC and used MS security essential, so far, no problem or infection

    Cons

    Lack of additional features.

    Summary

    Very good product that you can depend on from the software giant.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great detection and non intrusive"

    May 5, 2012  |   By c0ded

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    Great detection rates,low false positives light on resources integrates well with windows good at removing malware and most importantly cleaning up infections ,got this running on 3 computers recently done a scan with 2 other paid antivirus programs using the free online scanner ,nothing else detected that MSE had missed .
    Also nice easy to use interace no extra bloat ,nag screens or useless programs like other AV programs and no adverts like many other free AV programs.

    Cons

    Scan speed could be improved

    Summary



    Updated on May 5, 2012

    Avira has a nag screen prompting you to buy full paid version everytime it updates :(

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